Size Up!

this winter, bring your inner Grace Kelly out. Bulky, oversized overcoats are the swankiest things going around.  Overcoats that are dramatically over-sized are not only hot but will keep you cosy like nothing else. Dropped shoulders, super-long cuffs and massive lapels have never been more flattering.

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Post baby, Kim Kardashian has gone all out with her oversized overcoats. From cream to canary yellow there isn’t a stone she’s left unturned. Rihanna, who always keeps it chic, and Katy Perry, with her outrageous style have jumped on this bandwagon as well, while desi girl Priyanka Chopra graced foreign lands with high heels and a sexy black overcoat.

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Stella McCartney’s runway saw a flood of oversized overcoats in delicious colours like grey and plush magenta. Celine, Carven and Max Mara did more than justice to this winter trend with overcoats in shades of powder blue, blush and steel grey. Derek Lam’s earthy overcoat screams class, while Victoria Beckham took things to another level with checks. Kenzo and Nordstrom showcased printed oversized overcoats for men that are quite the head turners.

If you are petite it would be best to steer clear of this trend; you don’t want to look like you are drowning in your coat, do you? The same goes for those on the heaver side. Remember to balance your overcoat with slim fit bottoms like skinnies or leggings or even fitted dresses and skirts. Keep your look clean with perhaps just a scarf; the more minimalistic you keep your look the better an oversized coat will work. Footwear paired with these coats should also be simple and a clutch would be just perfect. Boys can wear their oversized overcoats with slim fit bottoms or tailored trousers.

Oversized coats comes in all colours, but it’s the pastels that we are loving the most this season.

So be bold and jump a size up!

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Bollywood Fridays – Dedh Ishqiya

poster-creative_1it’s Friday again and this week, Dedh Ishqiya, the sequel to Ishqiya is all set to hit the box office. And we surely cannot wait to watch this one! The gorgeous Madhuri Dixit makes her second comeback through this film and what else can be better than watching her in a Vishal Bhardwaj film? As the name suggests, Dedh Ishqiya promises to be more dramatic than its prequel. Apart from the versatile Naseeruddin Shah and the super talented Arshad Warsi, there’s Huma Qureshi joining the Ishqiya gang. Well, we are all going for it! But for now, here’s taking a quick look at what the film’s protagonists are wearing and how you can shop these looks from us.  

The talented costume designer Payal Saluja, a Vishal Bhardwaj staple, is behind the styling and costume design for Dedh Ishqiya. A quick chat with her revealed the looks of the lead characters in the film.

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Madhuri Dixit as Para

Plays: A widowed begum of Mahmudabad.

Wears: Shararas, Anarkali suits and lehengas with kurti instead of choli. The embroidery includes baadla, chikankari and mukesh work.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work and jhoomar

Footwear: V shaped tilla shoes with slight heel

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Huma Qureshi as Muniya

Plays: An Indian girl with a bold cosmopolitan attitude.

Wears: Salwar suits inspired by Lakhnavi and Avadhi culture focusing on Nazaqat and Nafaqat (Refinement and delicacy). The look is a blend of Ishqiya’s roughness and Dedh Ishqiya’s surreal theme.

Accessories: Jadau jewellery with kundan (Inlay) work

Footwear: Tilla chappal

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Arshad Warsi as Babban

Plays: A criminal who has conned a jewellery shop owner.

Wears: Achkans and kurtas with Lakhnavi inspiration

Footwear: Combat boots and leather sandals

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Disclaimer: The cast, crew and production house of Dedh Ishqiya has not endorsed Myntra or any of its products.

Rock on those prints!

producer, director, writer, actor, singer – is there any skill Farhan Akhtar doesn’t have? This powerhouse of talents is turning 40 today and boy, are we curious to know what he’s going to do next! His quirky, laidback style is a reflection of his creativity! Have you noticed how well he pulls off prints? So this one’s for all you print-shy guys! We show you how to rock all sorts of patterns on tops and bottoms, a la Farhan Akhtar.

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Look 1: Caricature Cow

We believe every guy must own at least one quirky printed tee. It is the easiest way to make a statement and can be quite a conversation starter with the girls! With your usual comfy fit jeans and sneakers, just wear a caricature of your favourite animal on your tee that’s bound to get you second glances.

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Look 2: Suit Yourself
When you are not in the mood to go fully formal, yet want to look polished, a cool graphic printed t-shirt will help you out. Farhan wore a cycle print tee with formals to his childhood school, showing a grown up, yet fun side of himself. Wear this combo to an office party or a date for that cute-boy-who-means-business look.

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Look 3: The Floral Shirt
Yes, men can wear floral prints too without looking like they are at a beach vacation. The trick is to wear them in colours that don’t scream Hawaiian summer, and pick simple florals and not tropical prints. All it takes to toughen up a floral printed shirt is a rugged looking jacket in a neutral shade like olive green or brown and a pair of washed out denims.

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Look 4: Printed Bottoms
Printed shirts are fine, but printed trousers? Why not! Here’s the trick to get it right. Stick to a muted colour palette; earthy colours work well. Keep everything else print-free and layer up with an interesting jacket so that the printed trousers don’t get all the attention. Keep accessories to a minimum; a chunky watch will balance the quirky vibe of the trousers.

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Look 5: Pants in Plaid
Technically not a print, but we would love to see more men wearing plaid trousers; this dandyish look is such a good break from tuxedo suits that are a uniform at red carpet events. Give those stifling formals a twist with a pair of checked pants. You could start with a subtle tone on tone check, but do give it a shot. After all, what’s life without a bit of quirk?

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Brand Talk – Stanley Kane


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inspired by the British Indie music scene, Stanley Kane perfectly represents the relationship between music and fashion. Currently one of the trendiest labels on Myntra, the brand showcases everything from chic office wear to stylish party wear. In a coversation with Style Mynt, Chris Page – design director of Stanley Kane, talks about what the brand has to offer.

What is the brand philosophy of Stanley Kane?

Stanley Kane draws upon indie music and culture; we tap into the latest trends to manufacture exclusive designs that appeal to discerning fashion-conscious young men who are tired of seeing the same old lifestyle brands. Moreover, we are dedicated to providing young guys with fast fashion every month, it’s not about seasonal clothing anymore. It’s about here and now.

Who is the Stanley Kane customer?

Young men in the 16-24 age bracket.

How does street style influence the brand?

Stanley Kane draws upon indie music and street culture, newness is the cornerstone of the brand.

Stanley Kane has done a lot of unusual prints like feathers and leaves for men’s shirts. Do you think men are experimenting more with prints now?

Washed out prints have been a key trend this AW13. Feathers and leaves were a play on camouflage, the biggest trend this season. For SS14 we will see paisley prints come through strongly. Our best selling shirt in the UK has been a one colour washed out paisley print chambray shirt.

What are the must-have styles from the brand this season and what are the key trends for men’s casual wear?

For SS14, on shirts we will see washed out paisley prints, grand dad collars, coloured washed out denim continues, jeans and chinos get tighter and narrower, retro collegiate jerseys will become a key trend along with Sports Varsity, monochrome with brights coming through for summer.

Susshhhh…..it’s her!

the first mega bonanza of the year comes in the form of a fashion chat with the ultimate diva, Sushmita Sen. I met Sen at the recently concluded India Resortwear Fashion Week in Mumbai, her statuesque presence and endless charm very much in place. We met after a decade; and two daughters, several films and many controversies later, Sushmita remains an utterly gorgeous person you can’t help but be smitten by. For it’s not about the luxury brands she wears, but the wit and aura that she invariably dazzles you with.

Here’s a candid chat with her. Hope you enjoy it!

And here are Sush’s favourite fashion picks.